Tuesday, 16th April, 2013
Term one saw the start-up of another High School William Carey club – the self-named “Nerd Club”. This small group of boys have met every Thursday afternoon in T block to help each other learn a range of new programming skills under the guidance of Mr Snelson. Using a range of online tutorials as sources (e.g. Game Breaker and Blender), they have been busy programming games, websites and databases.
The advantage of this club, in the boys' opinion, is the opportunity learn skills that are not offered in senior classes such as “Software Design and Development” and their IST year 9 and 10 course. They can take their programming to a higher level of sophistication and explore new ways in a supportive environment outside the normal time limits of the classroom.
Fencers Succeed Beyond School Boundaries
Thursday, 11th April, 2013
William Carey received good news this week about four of our students who represented the school at the recent Fencing Championships. Congratulations to the following students who out-“pointed” many other competitors:
1st Place = Gold medal - Jacob D. (Year 10) - Under 15 Boys individual Foil
3rd place = Bronze medal - Rebekah S. (Year 9 ) - Under 15 Girl individual Foil
3rd place = Bronze medal - Jonas D. (Year 7 ) - Under 13 Boys individual Epee
3rd place = Bronze medal - Nathan S. (Year 5) - Under 11 Boys individual Foil
All four competed in the Roberta Nutt shield which is one of only two annual school competitions where fencers represent their school rather than their Fencing Club. Congratulations to all of these students!
Brown's Book is "Brilliant and Beautiful"
Thursday, 4th April, 2013
Former William Carey student and teacher, Lachlan Brown, has made quite a name for himself in the world of poetry. His recently published book of poetry, Limited Cities, received a glowing reviewing in The Australian. Click here to read the article.
Ex-Student Swaps TAFE Travel for Hero Duties
Wednesday, 20th March, 2013
Luke Hyde (WCCS class of 2012) received his fair share of media interest yesterday. Luke and three other boys, all TAFE students, were travelling on a bus when they witnessed a woman slumped over the wheel of a car that was headed straight into a lake. The boys called out to their driver to stop then jumped out of the bus' emergency exit and into the lake to pull the driver from her sinking vehicle. Luke and his mates have been hailed as heroes by the woman's husband, who says she could have died without their intervention. For Luke, it was all in a good day’s work!
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WCCS Students are Money Smart
Tuesday, 5th March, 2013
William Carey has been chosen to be one of 70 Primary schools trialling a government initiative called Money Smart. The government aims to address some of the issues in financial literacy that are experienced by adults by introducing these issues to children from a young age. Some WCCS teachers met with a group of interested parents to introduce the programme and received an enthusiastic response. “This programme, linked with their Maths unit is just fantastic” said one parent. “It goes beyond what my children normally see as money and into the “hidden money” of this century. When you think about it from a child’s perspective, all they see is Mum buying lots of stuff, then producing a piece of plastic (their EFTPOS or credit card) and, after walking away with all these goods, they may even receive cash back in return”.
For a lot of children, parents never stop to explain how all of these transactions work. Mrs Post, who is coordinating the Money Smart programme, explains, “It has been an excellent opportunity for students to engage in finances and to see how money really works”. The programme has been trialled by all teachers and has been embedded in the William Carey Primary curriculum since November.
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